7 Frequently Asked Questions About Working as a Healthcare Professional Onboard a Cruise Ship
As the world continues to adapt to the ongoing nature of COVID-19, the cruise industry has taken great strides to ensure that those who work onboard feel safe and valued. Maybe you have lost your job due to the pandemic, or you just want a new challenge; now is the perfect time to embark on your next professional journey, literally.
At VIKAND, we specialize in providing medical and public health solutions to the entire maritime sector, including cruise ships, superyachts, commercial shipping vessels, fish processing vessels, and offshore oil and gas vessels. One of the services that we provide, in particular, is medical staffing for our high-profile cruise clients.
Are You Looking for a Change?
Working as part of our onboard medical team is a unique and rewarding opportunity. Not only are you able to continue practicing what you love, but travel the world and meet new people while doing so. VIKAND works to match you with the ideal environment, whether it be onboard an ocean, river, or expedition cruise vessel, so you are set up for success.
What Can You Expect Before Embarkation?
Now you may be wondering, what you can expect when working onboard as a physician, nurse, or paramedic. Here are some top questions that we’ve been asked by candidates during the interview process.
1. Can I choose the cruise line and/or itinerary? Usually, ship assignments depend on available positions and client's needs, but if you are interested in working for a particular cruise line and/or itinerary, we will do our best to accommodate.
2. How long will I be at sea? Working at sea requires being away from home for months at a time. You can generally expect to be away from home for three to four months.
3. How many hours will I work each day, and how many days off will I have? Medical staff is expected to be available 24 hours, seven days a week, for any emergency calls aboard. However, there will be some free time outside the established medical facility schedule and hours.
4. What perks are included when I join a cruise ship? Working onboard provides you with the opportunity for expense-free travel, including free room and board, all while increasing your savings. Also, you’ll get to experience a unique working environment, gain exposure to various cultures, meet new people, and improve your skills.
5. How can I communicate with friends and family while onboard? The best way to communicate at sea is through the Internet and social media, such as WhatsApp and Zoom. Wi-Fi onboard is available for a fee; most ports offer free Wi-Fi in its terminals.
6. What documents and certifications do I need to work at sea? That depends on where the ship sails. For ships sailing in U.S. waters, you will need a valid U.S. work permit, a state or nationally recognized nurse or paramedic license, and BLS and ALS certifications. For ships sailing in international waters, you will need a valid passport, relevant visas, valid medical/nurse license, STCW certifications, as well as ALS or ACLS certification.
7. Are there opportunities for career advancement? Of course! You'll be able to improve your practice as you work. At VIKAND, we encourage career progression, and our team will guide and support you.
To see all of our frequently asked questions, please visit our website.
Ready to Make a Difference at Sea?
Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of thousands around the world? VIKAND is ramping up for long-term growth and adding to its team of outstanding healthcare professionals at sea. Apply to make VIKAND the next stop on your healthcare journey today!